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Mar 1, 2021

Monday March 1, 2021 Catherine Cetta

Theme: FALSE STARTS (64. Track meet infractions ... or short words hiding at the beginning of the answers to starred clues) 

17. *Data transmission science: FIBER OPTICS.

24. *Elementary school fundraiser: TALENT SHOW.

51. *Rank for TV's Columbo: LIEUTENANT.

Boomer here. Years ago playing golf, sometimes I would take a mulligan. I think that counts as a FIB.  Speaking of golf, around 1964 my friend and I sold tickets to the St. Paul Open, and we won a spot to caddie.  Our golfer was Miller Barber and we only carried clubs and did not give advice.  He selected to use a driver on the longer holes. Maybe Tiger should have used a different driver to negotiate the tricky California highway.

In other news from Minnesota, we received a memo from CenterPoint Energy which is our natural gas provider. We have a gas furnace. The memo said that due to the problems last month in Texas we will receive a surcharge of $400.00.  They will bill it over 10-12 months beginning in September.  Sounds like a Greedy Griddy thing to me.

Across:

1. Nannies and billies: GOATS.  "There's a winding road, and a tall pine tree.  Near the tall pine tree she waits for me, oh yes she waits , in the little green house, that sits on top, of BILLIE GOAT HILL.
The Kingston Trio in San Francisco, California, USA!!

6. Skylit courtyards: ATRIA.  That's a hotel feature that The Orleans in Las Vegas does not have.



11. Toyota Prius, e.g.: CAR.  Santa Fe, e.g.

14. Tin Pan __: ALLEY.  Many people think this is a bowling venue. I ignore them.

15. Transactions with interest: LOANS.

16. Pub pour: ALE.  I only drink zero sugar Ginger Ale from my up north friends Canada Dry.

19. Khaki-colored: TAN.  Temperatures up north got above freezing last week.  Not enough for a TAN, but golf season is coming soon to a course near you.

20. Pedal pusher: FOOT. Pants that show ankles?

21. Full moon, e.g.: PHASE.  Three PHASE power may have helped Texas last month.

22. Cartoon maker of iron bird seed: ACME.



23. Salinger teen who says, "I prefer stories about squalor": ESME.



26. Whistle blower: REF.  Lots of whistles on the basketball court last month in Minneapolis.  The Timberwolves fired Coach Saunders but you can't fire the players.

28. Piece for three instruments: TRIO.  Chad Mitchell and Kingston are my favorites.  I suppose you already knew that.  

29. They're often pop-ups: ADS.

32. Major artery: AORTA.  Regardless of other health issues, you need the AORTA to work.

36. Irritate: ANNOY.

39. Quick swim: DIP.  I have some sour Cream and Onion soup powder dip! Great for taco chips.

40. Fell behind: TRAILED.  In our sports section in the paper, the word TRAILED comes after Twins Vikings, Wolves, and Wild.

42. Golf ball holder: TEE.  I have the kind that produce the same height for every shot. I use different ones for the par three holes.

43. Stockpile: AMASS.  Since I get the second shot of vaccine this Wednesday and hopefully start bowling, I suppose I will also be returning to A MASS on Sunday.  I am not a sinner, the Archbishop basically told those of us over 65 with health issues to stay home last March.

45. Dig deeply (into): DELVE.

46. Pigs out (on), briefly: ODS.  C.C. and I are waiting to O.D. on watermelon soon.

47. Blacken in a pan: CHAR.

49. Dictator Amin: IDI.

56. "Shoo!": SCAT.

60. The "I" in MIT: Abbr.: INST.

61. Ceremonial conical structure: TEPEE.



62. Tra-__: refrain syllables: LA LA.  We had this last week.  Home of the original McDonald's Museum, before Ray Kroc.

63. "__, humbug!": BAH.

66. Musician Brian: ENO.

67. Had the flu, say: AILED.  I have not had the flu for years.  But I ail from other stuff. And it's not watermelon.

68. Cove, e.g.: INLET.

69. Tennis do-over: LET.

70. Sanctify: BLESS.  Does God really BLESS you when you sneeze?  Did you give up something for Lent? I gave up broccoli.

71. Love to pieces: ADORE.  I adore C.C., but so far she has stayed in one piece.

Down:

1. Faux pas: GAFFE.  Kind of a strange way to spell GOOF.

2. Mixed bags: OLIOS.  We used to call Margarine OLEO.  I don't think it's sold in Minnesota or Wisconsin anymore, to support the dairy industry.



3. "Tuesdays With Morrie" author Mitch: ALBOM.

4. Wobble: TEETER.  Join TWITTER and become a TWEETER. 

5. Leb. neighbor: SYR.

6. A, as in Athens: ALPHA.  In the military, we used Alpha, Bravo, Charlie and Delta.  That's all I remember.

7. Invoice word: TOTAL.

8. Employee's reward: RAISE.  Also a poker move that could make you richer or cost you a bit.

9. Motivate: INCENT.

10. Biblical beast of burden: ASS.

11. Not be fooled by: CATCH ONTO.  When C.C. came over from her homeland, you would not believe how quickly she was able to CATCH ONTO golf,

12. San Antonio mission: ALAMO.  "We're killing your soldiers below, so the rest of Texas will know, and remember the ALAMO.  Johnny Cash.

13. Continue to subscribe: RENEW.  I just RENEWED our car insurance.  They knocked a bit off the price.  I have a good driving record.  I don't speed or drink. And now I have a car that bongs at me when I sneak over the lane markers.

18. Decide on: OPT FOR.  Hyundai, That's what I OPTED FOR.

22. Z __ zebra: AS IN.

25. Swapped: TRADED.  I TRADED in a decent Dodge Grand Caravan, but it never tweeted me how to drive.

27. Patronizes, as a restaurant: EATS AT.  Minneapolis restaurants are having problems.  Of course the outdoor option is out of the question this month, and potential customers are walking out because seated customers are not wearing masks.  Then of course there are cautious people like C.C. and I who have not seen the inside of a restaurant in over a year.  We don't use drive ins either.

29. Oral health org.: ADA.

30. Not bright, as a light: DIM.

31. Many a NASA mission: SPACE SHOT.  I wonder how things are on Mars?

33. "Far out, dude!": RAD.  I never talked like that, I wonder if kids still do?

34. White-__: formal: TIE.  The last white TIE I had was first communion in 1953.

35. Every one: ALL.

37. Ref. work that added "YOLO" in 2016: OED. Oxford English Dictionary.

38. Proposer's preferred response: YES.  If you're getting married, I suppose.  But when I get those proposal phone calls the answer is NO.

41. Paperless party announcements: E-VITES.

44. "__ up!": "Quiet!": SHUT.

48. Sell directly to the consumer: RETAIL.  We have been giving retailers a bit of business but they are all hurting due to Covid.  Target headquarters in Downtown Minneapolis is delaying return of many employees until September.

50. Manhattan or Staten: ISLAND. or Treasure! Next to Fashion Show Mall on the Strip.



51. Defame in print: LIBEL.

52. Foolish: INANE.

53. Woman's name backward or forward: NELLE.  "The scene was in the Jailhouse and if curfew rang that night, NELL's dad in number thirteen cell would go out like a light. (Chad Mitchell Trio.)

54. Vaulted alcoves: APSES.

55. Requirements: NEEDS.  "As long as she NEEDS me"  Sammie Davis Jr.

57. Monte __: CARLO.

58. Raise a hemline on, say: ALTER.

59. Sample, as food: TASTE.

64. Tide alternative: FAB.  I remember this,  I have not seen it stores for awhile.  Maybe I just have not looked.

65. Spanish aunt: TIA.

Boomer

Notes from C.C.:

"Who will buy my sweet red roses? Two blooms for a penny." Here is a picture of Boomer with his glee club in 1965.  He's on the most right.





45 comments:

OwenKL said...

What a lot of 5-letter A words in this puzzle!
ATRIA
ALLEY
AORTA
ANNOY
AMASS
AILED
ADORE
ALBOM
ALPHA
ALAMO
APSES
ALTER
and shorter ones as well
ALE
ACME
ADS
ASS
AS IN
ADA
ALL

They met in the AORTA, the white cell and the red.
The APSES of the lungs are where, "YES!" she said.
In the ATRIA of the heart,
They swore never to part,
And corpuscle to corpuscle, in vein they were wed!

When LIEUTENANT Sulu, in danger couldn't fire
He feared his weapon's charge did expire.
But observed Mr. Spock,
The gun's FALSE START,
Simply meant that it had an emo PHASE transpire!

{A, A-.}

OwenKL said...

Rabbit rabbit.
It's not a superstition, it's a tradition!

desper-otto said...

Good morning! Yes, time Marches on.

D-o finished in good time. D-o read the complete reveal clue. (Really.) D-o still didn't get the theme. (Figures.) [Sigh] Noticed the Olio CSO to C.C. It was a pleasant romp to start the new month. Thanx, Catherine and Boomer. (Remember The Alamo is also a Kingston Trio song.)

"Pedal pusher" -- Remember those metal clips that you attached to your ankle to keep your pants out of the bicycle chain? Why aren't they needed anymore?

"Treasure ISLAND" -- It was a short-lived department store chain in the '50s-'60s. I remember their TV ads...."under the squiggly roof at Treasure Island." H.C. Prange sent employees with tape recorders to record the Treasure Island prices so they could match 'em at Prange's. [Pronounced Prang--ee]

Anonymous said...

Took 4:49 today. I didn't see the theme.

Lemonade714 said...

White rabbit, white rabbit.
March is coming in like a lion up north so I guess you northerners have some good weather on the horizon. We have record heat again, the mid-80s, overrun with those escaping the cold our traffic is horrible but we are not complaining.

The new CC on the block created a nice puzzle but INCENT is a clanger for me, and OKL's observation about the 5 letters A words were nice.

Thanks, Boomer and Catherine

inanehiker said...

Quick Monday run - all the theme parts were very short! Like Lemonade I thought INCENT was a bit of a klunker - in the dictionary but who ever uses it? I didn't mind the "A" words because none of them were just adding an A to something to make fill!

I remember wearing pedal pushers in the 60s - we have them now but they are called capris. I still see those clips on bikers - but only bike commuters who are wearing suit pants. Most people going out specifically to bike are wearing shorts or longer versions that are elasticized and cling to the leg- so no danger of getting the bike grease on them.

Thanks Boomer (nice pic CC) and Catherine!

Lucina said...

Holal!

Thank you, Catherine Cetta and Boomer! This was typically Monday fast but I still take my time in order to avoid the dreaded wite-out.

I did not CATCH ONTO the theme but then I didn't look.

TEE, TEETER and TEPEE caught my eye but why is TEPEE only ceremonial? It used to be a home for some.

INCENT seems to be missing an ending.

EATS AT. We ate at a restaurant Friday and were the only patrons until another couple came in.

Owen:
I continue to marvel at your creativity!

Have a beautiful day, everyone! Sunshine abounds here!

Spitzboov said...

Good morning everyone.

Easy solve today. Got the theme as I dropped down through the puzzle. Cute. No problems, no wite-out, no nits. FIR.
I don't think our INANE hiker is foolish. I always look to her input.
ALPHA is the first Greek letter. Alfa is the first letter in the NATO alphabet used in the military, aviation, radio, and some other communities.

C. C. has a crossword in today's WSJ. I will do it later; perhaps tonight in lieu of the INANE TV fare.

Anonymous said...

Enjoyed this puzzle, typical Monday time. No false starts
Gray day, average March 1 temperature, 43 degrees. I may go for a walk later. The temperature is supposed to drop in the wee hours on Tues. to 15 by 7:00 AM. March is fickle.
I have never seen or heard INCENT before. LIU. I see it is a back formation from incentive since the mid 19th century. It seems it have become "governmentese." Ordinary people say incentivize.
Mitch Albom's "Tuesdays with Morrie" was wonderful. I read it twice. "The Five People you meet in Heaven" was even better. I read the book twice and saw the TV movie twice. It was an interesting concept that even in heaven you can heal relationships you flubbed in life. I probably do not buy the concept, but it is not over-emphasized. The characters and their relationships are true to life and interesting.
This week the Corner mentioned, "A Man Called Ove" by Fredrick Backman. It was great, but I liked his Beartown even more.
Hail forms in warm weather. Sleet forms in cold weather. We often use sleet and sleeting as verbs.
hail vs sleet
YR

Irish Miss said...

Good Morning:

Owen beat me to the A words but I’ll add that a dozen of them had five letters, very unusual in a weekday grid. I liked the duos of ACME/Esme, ADA/Ads, and Tie/Tia. W/os were Era/Fab (All was in the grid, as well) and Sear/Char. Nice CSO to CC at Olios but a little nose wrinkle at Incent. I never saw the theme until the reveal which is always a plus in my book, especially in an early week puzzle.

Thanks, Catherine, for a nice start to the week and a new month and thanks, Boomer, for the wit, humor, and musical tidbits. Good luck with your second vaccination.

FLN

Misty and Lucina, thank you for your kind words and, Misty, yes, I did see the RCA reference but didn’t do my usual commentary due to a cobwebby brain yesterday morning.

Have a great day. (My hairdresser is coming this afternoon to give me an overdue haircut. Her Dad passed away recently so she was not available until now.)

Malodorous Manatee said...

A relatively easy start to the week. INCENT (?) INANE. I did learn that Tepees were ceremonial and, thanks to OwenKL, I now know why the Stones were singing All My Love's In Vein.

Husker Gary said...

Musings
-FALSE STARTS are common in football. “Don’t move until the ball is snapped!”
-GAFF_/_SME. I temporarily forgot GAFFE NEEDS that worthless E and the name of our cwd Salinger stalwart
-I’d love to turn our sunroom into somewhat of an ATRIA but too many plants are toxic to kitties
-TAN – Temps will be at 60F or above for the next ten days. Fore!
-A threatening attempt to INCENT (:21)
-AS IN twice? Kinda odd.
-We take a 25 minute drive and EAT AT our fav small town steakhouse twice a month
-I have never said SHUT UP to a class. A rookie mistake is to demand “quiet” and then move on before the kids are quiet.
-RETAIL – State Farm has closed its huge office in east Lincoln and our daughter will continue to work from home
-Great snap, Boomer. RAD haircut!
-Netflix to the rescue yesterday: The Dig and The King’s Speech

unclefred said...

Easy-Peasy, fun Monday CW, with lots of A words, as Owen pointed out. Only write-over: SEAR:CHAR. Very nice start to the week, and to March, thanx, Catherine!! And thanx Boomer, for your as usual terrific write-up. I got my second COVID-19 jab last Monday, and didn’t notice any side effects Monday or Tuesday. Wednesday and Thursday I noticed a mild, generalized muscle soreness, like I had over-done exercise, which, other than more than normal elbow-bending, I definitely hadn’t done. (I had an old friend as a house guest, and we definitely challenged the breweries to keep up with us, thus the elbow bending). Friday the mild muscle soreness was gone. I’m not sure if it was a side effect of the vaccine or not, but it is listed as a possible side effect. Anybody else have any side effects? (BTW, I’m not complaining; happy to get the immunization).

Hungry Mother said...

Easy one and I ignored the theme. I had a bit of a guess at the ALBOM/ESME cross. It’s a crossword, not a crossname.

Vidwan827 said...


Thank you Ms. Cetta for the easy Monday puzzle, and Boomer for the charming review.

I always think that the word Cetta should have followed Alpha and Beta .... that seems to be the natural progression. How did Gamma interlope in there, in the first place ?

Loved your blog Boomer, its always nice to hear of your yearnings for Bowling and Golf, and your experiences with your Sante Fe. I'd have loved to drive an SUV, but I think driving a sedan is challenging enough. Plus, years ago, my wife had a nasty fall just getting down from a Toyota SUV...

I always wondered why golfers couldn't carry their own equipment - I thought that was a part of the game ... My neighbor's son started out as a caddy, then he became a golf pro (of sorts -) and now he's a successful hedge fund manager. He must have picked up a few pointers, along the way, or along the greens. I learnt something too, I didn't know there were hedges on golf courses ...

Nice limericks, Owen !
Nice photograph of Boomer, C.C. Such clean cut, nicely dressed lads - you don't see that nowadays, anymore.

From 15 Across - Transactions with interest ---- LOANS,
I remember a daffy definition, from long ago ...
Funds with disinterest ... ALIMONY.

Have a nice day, all.

Ray - O - Sunshine said...

Parsed the obvious theme but just one letter was my downfall...ALBO _ crossed with ES_ E. Tried but WAGed it wrong so a shameful FIW for a Moon day puzzle.

Had rat first for "Whistle blower" with a screed prepared about how unfair a term that was for an often courageous risk taker when the perps changed it to REF... "Never mind".. (plus a rat can't pucker).

Sister Mary Elephant.."SHUT UP"!! Famous radio bit from 50 years ago

EVITES, an old CW enoun. Didn't know a TEPEE was ceremonial, not simply a portable abode. WEE about INCENT? Seriously? (I believe it's incentivize)

APSES. St. Mary of Mt. Carmel, Utica, where my grandparents 1912, and parents 1949 were married....13 months later this "apse" was born

Piece for 3 women...ATRIA
In the style of our chairman..ALAMO
Embarrassing male issue...IDI
Ella's lyrics....SCAT
X - _____ RAISE

March came in like a lamb, 40 degrees, in the Mohawk Valley so we know what that forbodes..out like a 🦁. The puzzle came in like GOATS 🤔 what does thar portend?

AnonymousPVX said...


This Monday go had some crunch to it. But nomissues getting the solve.

CLIPs for pant legs...were not to prevent oil/grease from getting on your leg, if that’s all that happened without the clip, you were lucky. The reason for the clip was to prevent your pant leg from getting caught in the chain and sprocket. Remember Chainguards? Those don’t come with a bike that has a front derailleur...at least they didn’t. So the clips were needed when wearing long pants to prevent the jam up and the potential fall. Preventing the oily mess was a nice side benefit.

It’s been 80° here over the weekend. That’s not normal, even for here, it’s about 15° over.

Stay safe.

AnonymousPVX said...

“no issues”....geez.

Anonymous said...

Tepees were used for homes formerly because they were easy for nomadic tribes to take down, move to another area and reassemble. Now tepee use is solely ceremonial.
YR

Memforest said...

A lot of folks seemed incensed about INCENT today! It seems pretty common in the HR world today, trying to incent their employees, but I'd agree it's a convenient lazy shortening of incentivize.

Misty said...

Perfect Monday puzzle, very doable but still clever, many thanks, Catherine. Neat pictures, Boomer, and I wish I knew all those tunes and melodies you cited, would have made for a great ear-worm for the day. And C.C., what a sweet Boomer photo.

Yes, I too noticed lots of A words, although right on top I got ALPHA and ALAMO, but didn't know ALBOM. I still remember loving ESME, with love and squalor, when I first encountered her so many years ago.

Delightful first poem, Owen.

Husker Gary, you must have been a very professional and good teacher.

Have a great week, everybody.

Chairman Moe said...

Puzzling thoughts:

R, R

FIR with but one W-O: EBB/FAB (different tide)

RAY-O @ 10:54 —> tanks for the SO (ALA MO)!

Boomer and “the other CC”: thanks for the interesting/entertaining puzzle and recap

We have an additional member in our household for an indefinite period. My sister is here hoping to get some medical treatment in Phoenix that she can’t obtain where she resides. I won’t go into detail here but it’s not cancer or something life-threatening. But in our driving over the weekend to pick her up, I saw some spectacular scenery and vistas. Having lived my entire life (up until the past year) east of the Mississippi, I’ve not often seen the W US up close, or at eye level. It’s just amazing how different the majority of this nation is without all the urban sprawl

Anyhoo, that’s Moe’s update ... I’m on board for this Friday blog ... be prepared for a doozy

CrossEyedDave said...

how lies start...

While I was looking for silly links to honour the puzzle with,
I came across this pic that reminded me that
This puzzle started my day off quite nicely...

And no, I am not lying...

CrossEyedDave said...

Oh, nuts!

That last link makes it look like I was lying,

but it was just a typo...

Malodorous Manatee said...

Blogs infrequently come with prior warnings.

Emile O'Touri said...

A little bit of a crunch but on the easy side. Nice theme.Once again it came down to a single letter personal Natick involving the first name of an unknown person,to me,crossing a name I'm supposed to remember from the 50's. Also the clue/answer for Motivate: INCENT. Has to be one of the worst clues ever.

Lucina said...

I know that there are many books about Indian life, but one of the best I have read is One Thousand White Women. It is fiction but based on a true premise of a Chief requesting that one thousand of his braves marry white women in order to have the tribe assimilate into white culture.

waseeley said...

Thank you Catherine for a MENDACIOUS MONDAY puzzle and to Boomer for exposing the DECEPTIONS.

It didn't take long to 11D the theme. I just followed the breadcrumbs (*) to the reveal at 64A and there were no FALSE STARTS for me:

17A In a former life I designed F/O networks so the FIB didn't FOOL me at all.

24A I really liked the SHOW, especially the TALE at the beginning.

54A Colombo was a great TEC who could suss a LIE before the PERP even opened his mouth.

As 6A ATRIA is a HOMOPHONE for heart valves, it is perhaps no coincidence that the LEFT ATRIUM pumps blood into the AORTA at 32A.

71A Sweet example Boomer. You've really got C.C. CHARMED!

52D a CSO to our favorite HIKER - nothing SILLY about her.

58D "RAISE a hemline". My DAD was always offering my sisters money for more MATERIAL to LOWER the hemlines on their home-sewn dresses.

OKL @3:37 AM Really loved the poem today OwenKL!

Lemony @7:34AM Yes INCENT was a bit over the top. English is the most PLIABLE of languages.

Lucina @7:52AM Perhaps its use is mostly ceremonial today, but back in the day it was a very practical shelter for the Plains Indians: scalable, easy to set up, easy to heat, and easy to break down and transport when the game in an area became scarce.

Cheers,
Bill

ATLGranny said...

A puzzle interrupted again today, but this time FIR during breakfast, but not confirmed by Boomer until after lunch. Some interesting word choice and a theme I didn't notice until after reading the reveal. Well, done Catherine. ESME was in a puzzle not too long ago which kept it in mind enough to help with ALBOM. No WOs today for a change.

Liked your comment, DO: "Yes, time Marches on." "Rabbit, rabbit," to OwenKL and Lemonade, though I cheated as it wasn't the first thing I said this morning. Thanks for the recommendation of Beartown, YR. I may read it next.

Getting ready for Thursday's knee surgery, I had my first ever COVID test this morning to see if I am actively infected, as well as other pre-admission tests and information. So far so good. Hope your day is going smoothly as well.

Lucina said...

It's a beautiful sunny day today and I'm sure the baseball fans will enjoy it for the start of spring training. The increase in traffic tells me that many out of state visitors are here.

Ol' Man Keith said...

Rab bit
rab bit
in deed.

Excellent limericks, esp. #1, Owen!

Neat photo Boomer!
We'd know you anywhere!

A good Monday PZL from Ms. Cetta-- not too soft, and not too hard, but ju-ust right!

Although I must add, I'm sharing the nose wrinkle at INCENT with Irish Miss.

And au contraire, the correct first Greek letter is Αλφα.

I don't know the book, Lucina, but the title and the theme suggest it comes from a very different time than our own. The assimilation ideal seems to have gone the way of the Dodo.
Now, we have moved beyond the integration & assimilation phase into the no-no of "cultural appropriation," our latest taboo.
If only we could make a distinction between honoring and paying tribute to another culture versus exploiting and mocking it.
~ OMK
_____________
DR:
One diagonal, on the far end.
Depending on which letters you choose for your anagram, 12 of the available 15 will give you the phrase for either fascinating a gent with a popular game in his nearest pub,
-OR-
having him turn around to catch the eye of the bar gal cheering him on.

I mean either to...
"DART INTHRALL" him
-OR to-
"TART INTHRALL" the Bloke!

CanadianEh! said...

Marvelous Monday. Thanks for the fun, Catherine and Boomer (loved the photo that C.C. posted). I FIRed in good time and saw the theme, but found a little bit of crunch.

I knew ESME and thus got ALBOM.
I thought of Inspire (but too long). Major nose-wrinkle with INCENT. (I see that I am not alone.) Our gluey fill for the day.

OwenKL and Ray-O beat me to seeing TRIO and ATRIA. (Actually waseeley, ATRIA are heart chambers not valves!) Interesting that we got AORTA also.
I also noted ADS crossing ADA.
I hesitated at "Woman's name backward or forward", thinking that I needed a palindrome. Okay, NELLE and ELLEN are both a woman's name!

Some repetition today with INLET and LET. And HuskerG already noted the AS IS answer at 22D and "as is" in 6D clue.

Hand up for thinking of the old meaning of pedal-pusher(s), now called Capris. (Hello INANEhiker) I remember them from my youth. As an adult, I fought wearing Capris because I have spent half my life trying to buy pants that were long enough (33 inch inseam) for me. I associated Capris with Floods! But now I am of an age that Capris are more flattering than shorts! Yes, "Time Marches On"!
We still have some of those clips for pant legs, but then DH keeps everything! Don't need them with Capris, but watch your ankles don't get scraped.

I presume that we may have various pronunciations on the Corner for LIEUTENANT. The proper Canadian version is Lef-tenant, but Loo-tenant is heard commonly also.
And of course we have FIBRE-OPTICS here.

Today is the first day since before Christmas that we can EAT AT a restaurant. We have been in lockdown again with only drive-thru or curbside. But maximum 6 diners at a table, and you must only be seated with members of your own household, a caregiver or an essential social contact.

ATLGranny - glad your knee surgery is coming soon. All the best.

Wishing you all a great day.

CrossEyedDave said...

Dear Lucina@12:55

Your post intrigued me, i googled before reading on,
And quite honestly, I was horrified enough that I would hope
TTP would delete it on political grounds...

It seems it was not a Chief that initiated this wisdom,
But that it was a government program to incorporate Indians into
White culture that failed miserably, as the offspring were castigated as being
"Half breeds."

Which led to the sequel, The vengeance of Mothers?

I am shocked!

Anonymous said...

Waseeley, I see you agree with me about tepees @11:28. YR

Vidwan827 said...


I am writing this out of a real desire to do a good deed. So, please note my intent, and my INCENT is to enact ( hopefully - ) a set of principal(s) of policy, we could follow on this blog. I realize, I am not the founder or a governing member, but hopefully, some aspects of my line of thinking might appeal and resonate, to most of the blogging community, here.

When I first read Dear Lucina's note on that book, and the description of that book, I was surprised, but I have 'known' her, and her posts for many years, and I just passed it by.
I continue to have a very high regard for her, period.

CE dave, I can understand your feelings, but what she wrote was her own opinion on a book she had read. The subject is not overtly political ..... but it has to do with sociology, past history and a matter of eugenics. You are free to disagree, and lets leave it at that.

We are an above average IQ group of people here, and voluble to say the least. We should be able to give our points of view, without any rancor, and leave it at that.
If we are to allow all possible sorts of tangential subjects on this blog, save politics and religion, and personal attacks, .... we should also be accepting of other points of view, and pass on.
This is very very important, so we enjoy the freedom, and allow people to express themselves, without fear of censorship or political correctness.
Especially, the posts of the 'old timers' on this blog !

Jayce said...

First of all I have to say that you in Minnesota, on an entirely different power grid not connected to Texas's grid, being billed a surcharge because of "problems in Texas" seems outrageous and inexplicable to me.

Second of all I will say I enjoyed solving this puzzle today.

OwenKL, good point: so many 5-letter words beginning with "A"! I liked your verses today.

I have been incentivized but never incented. (Have faced many disincentives too.)

Keep on taking care, all.

Becky said...

Vidwan, that was beautifully expressed.

Becky

Anonymous said...

VIDWAN I agree with Becky that your comment about free expression is well stated. Indeed we are all grownups here.

Are you aware that you have blocked your profile so that no one can email you? Can you please enable your profile with your email address?

Lucina said...

If I mention the title of a book or make a comment about it, it is because I enjoyed the book and suppose that others here would also like to read it.

CEDave:
Yes, I read The Vengeance of Mothers, too, and liked it though like so many similar books with descriptive suffering, it brought me to tears. In fact, and may have mentioned this before, I have never been able to read The Trail of Tears. A few pages into it and I am too emotional to continue.

And speaking of books, today Barnes and Noble sent their list of books anticipated in the near future and I can see that I will have a plethora of reading material right through the summer!

Lucina said...

To continue: why should we close our eyes to facts? Knowledge is power and I believe that by educating ourselves about the plight of others we may somehow contribute to the betterment of others by word and actions.

Anonymous said...


I was interested in the book, after reading the hoop la, so I went to my favorite website, GoodReads. to get the Community Reviews on the book, One Thousand White Women, the Journals of May Dodd.
The Community reviews were scathing, more venomous than a viper's fangs, and HILARIOUS.
But don't take my word for it, read it yourself. Its funny enough to drive you to the funny farm.

LEO III said...

One stinkin’ letter, AGAIN! This time it was the M in ESME/ALBOM. Never heard of either one of them. Now that I’ve read the Wiki articles on both, I’m interested in reading Albom’s "Morris" and "Heaven" books and “Nine Stories” by Salinger.

For once, though, I saw all of the FALSESTARTS!

8D --- Back when I was working, an EMPLOYEE’S REWARD was often getting to KEEP YOUR JOB! It was one reorganization after another!

In addition to the Alamo, there are four other Spanish missions stretching about 10 miles south of the Alamo, along the San Antonio River:

San Antonio Missions

I’ve photographed three of the other four. Back in 2012, I drove over there to buy a wide-angle lens that I had been trying to find, so after I got it, I decided that the mission trail would be a perfect place to break it in. I had just arrived at the third mission (Mission San José) and had taken the picture of the sign, when my shutter threw craps on me. Not a happy camper!

The shutter’s failing wasn’t a surprise. When I bought the camera used, the shutter already had over 100K clicks on it. The guy who sold it to me (a professional sports and wedding photographer) told me that I would probably have to replace the shutter some point. Back then, I didn’t have a backup camera, so I headed back to Beautiful Downtown Clodine. Now it IS my backup camera.

I’ve been back THROUGH San Antonio many times since then, but I’ve never thought to stop and finish up the missions.

ROAD TRIP!!!

Actually, I’m not even sure I have really photographed the Alamo. The first time I was there, I was carrying my three-month-old daughter, so I didn’t have any hands left for a camera. She committed the ultimate sacrilege, though, by peeing on the Cradle of Texas Liberty!

Lemonade714 said...

For those of you who have no interest in astrology, I never ceased to be amazed by how opinions my brother from another mother - VIDWAN and I share. The book was fiction and creative. CED you have expressed so many opinions and on many varied topics to be put off by the reference surprised me. Sadly, work and my tired eyes left me unaware of this issue until just now. I was not surprised that it was the one-time quiet Vidwan who reacted. Another example of my comment about people and astrology is our friend Rebecca, Becky, Becks whose date of birth is exactly the same as my long-time best female friend. I do not know the hour of her birth or Becky's but the rest is the same. I imagine over time I will learn more and see if my hypothesis is sound. In any event, it is all fun. I will now contemplate why I leave out so many words when I type, though I have finally begun reading my words. Sleep well Corner.

Wilbur Charles said...

As the Scots might say "I'd there's NAE FIBbing there's nae Golf". I used to use a broken tee for par 3's or for a five wood or later with the 7 wood. I was pissed when any ol' Tom, Dick or Harry could hit 250 with the metal.

What's "Ceremonial" about the TEPEE*? It's shelter, no?

I was in Mike Company, post OCS

My loaner BMW would self correct. And to think I used to drive straight.

Re. Slang. "Wonderful" has replaced the bubiquitous "Swell" of 40s, early 50s.

Yep. Quick solve. INCENT,* was weird

After its clue I spotted the FIBs etc but never spotted the *'s

How in the world is mentioning a book or heaven help us linking to it be objectionable or, horrors, censorable.

On to Tuesday and the month of March. As mentioned, it came in hot for FLA

WC

*WEES

Wilbur Charles said...

Yep, my sleep schedule has gone AWRY. I sleep again from 3-8 am. Hope someone reads this in the morning.